The introduction is free and has been reviewed by experts in the field. It covers
• recommendations on how to be helpful to someone who has lost a loved one to suicide (for example, promote a sense of calm by listening patiently to the survivor);
• descriptions of the most common issues and emotions survivors face in the aftermath of a suicide (for example, distress over questioning why this happened); • symptoms of possible reactions to trauma (for example, being "on the lookout" for danger, which is called hypervigilance); • indicators of when a survivor might need to seek professional help (for example, if someone is coping by using alcohol or other drugs); • the key needs suicide bereaved people have after the initial crisis has passed (for example, help with activities to remember and honor the deceased); and • information and resources on what to do if a survivor is at risk of suicide (for example, use the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK/8255).
Grief after Suicide posts are by Franklin Cook (unless noted). Learn more about Franklin's work in suicide grief support.
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